Our "Tour de Milk"

Whether summer or winter – the chiller cabinets in the supermarket or corner shop always stock a plentiful supply of dairy products for you. Yet electricity doesn’t come from the socket and milk doesn’t come from the chiller cabinet. Take a moment to think about the physical and logistical factors that come into play in order for you to enjoy your milk!

Our drivers from the Berchtesgadener Land dairy go the extra
mile for you every day, because negotiating mountains and
valleys takes a great deal of skill.

A long day begins …
while you’re probably still asleep

At 3.30 a.m. the first milk transporter driver from the Berchtesgadener Land dairy is already sitting behind the wheel. Every day, thousands of litres of milk are waiting to be picked up or delivered by them just for you. So it’s no wonder that the last driver is exhausted when he finishes work at 1 a.m. in the morning. These are unusual working hours almost round the clock, but they are necessary to ensure that you get fresh milk from almost 1,800 mountain and organic farmers who produce milk for the dairy.

 

All that counts … the personal touch

Of course, every milk transporter driver has their own fixed route, along which they pick up milk from „their“ farmers. The personal touch is an important and necessary element of this process. „We know each other because we have worked together for so long, and that is really important!“ says Franz Foisner, one of the 65 drivers at the Berchtesgadener Land dairy who are on the road just for you.

It goes without saying that each and every one of our milk suppliers is important, no matter how much milk their cows produce for the dairy. That’s because every litre counts and is much needed for the production of our premium products. If you saw how everyone shares the workload there, you would be amazed. Even the children of the farmers carry the empty milk churns back to the farm from the collection points on their way home from school as if it were second nature.

Ain’t no mountain high enough …

Our drivers call in on the mountain farmers who produce milk for the dairy in Piding at all times of the year to pick up the milk, which presents a particular challenge in view of the fact that the highest mountain farm is situated at an altitude of 920 metres.

However, when it comes to ensuring that you get fresh milk, there ain’t no mountain high enough, even if narrow access roads coupled with wind, harsh weather conditions and snowfall in winter can be rather testing. „Often we have to fit snow chains – and we breathe a deep sigh of relief once the daily delivery reaches the dairy,“ booms driver Franz Foisner, „and we are delighted when it passes with little incident, because we have a commitment to our customers to deliver the milk punctually. We are proud to be able to do this.“

Big respect should be paid to something we take for granted

Franz Foisner speaks on behalf of all his colleagues. Their job is demanding and has its fair share of challenges, yet every day they turn up for work highly motivated and in a positive frame of mind.

So the next time you buy milk, just pause for a moment as a sign of appreciation and think about the effort involved in collecting it. As far as our employees are concerned, and you as someone who enjoys our products, there can be no doubt that you deserve it.